Theater Department Open House
Meet the faculty and staff and learn about our upcoming events.
- Wednesday, August 28 at 4:30 pm in the BAC Garden
Theater Department Meet and Greet
Find out about our theater productions and meet all those involved (designers, directors, tech and costume staff, cast).
Fall semester productions - September 6, 2013
A Number by Caryl Churchill
Special Faculty Performance by current faculty Adam Houghton and Professor Emeritus Thomas Darnall
January 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2014, at 7:30 pm, BAC Colman Theater
Theater Exploration Day
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Story Theater - An Original Production directed by one of our very own theater alums, Kathy Hendrickson
Dates: February 20-25 at 7:30 pm and February 22 and 23 at 2:00 pm
These special topics classes are being offered by Kathy spring 2014:
THEA 366A TOPICS IN PERFORMANCE: Acting Techniques (2)
Spring Semester: MWF AB mod 9:30-11:35 am
Acting Techniques of Dr. George Morrison (SUNY Purchase, The George Morrison Studio and The New Actors Workshop, NYC) and Viola Spolin (Improvisation for the Theater) will be explored. Class will include monologue preparation, Improvisation and scene study component. An actor should have the option of working from the inside - out (Stanislavski) or the outside - in (Wesley Balk), the actor (as every person alive) can communicate information with their face, body and voice independent of what they are feeling, and an audience's experience of the story is interdependent of the actor's emotional experience. This belief pairs perfectly with the physical nature of Spolin's work, and that the games solve theatrical problems without ever addressing theatrical problems directly; freeing the actor's entire organism to EXPERIENCE the play. Required Texts: Theater Games for the Lone Actor. Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater. Viola Spolin; The Fervent Years. Harold Clurman
THEA 366B TOPICS IN PERFORMANCE: A Path to the Intuitive (2)
Spring semester 2014: Tuesday's CD mod, 6:15-9:15
Some researchers put the level of non-verbal communication as high as 80%. Study the Theater Games of Viola Spolin to expand non-verbal communication and intuitive communication, all in a safe and highly stimulating environment. Students will experience the theater games of Viola Spolin playing with their full intuitive, physical and intellectual selves and have a great time doing it! Required Text: Theater Games for the Lone Actor. Viola Spolin
Kathy Hendrickson is a performer, director, and teacher who recently Assistant Directed the TONY award winning Broadway revival of Death of A Salesman, directed by Mike Nichols, staring Philip Seymour Hoffman. From 2002-2011 she acted as Vice President and senior improvisation and acting faculty of the world renowned New Actors Workshop in New York City, a two-year professional conservatory founded by George Morrison, Nichols and Paul Sills. She recruited and trained hundreds of actors in her time at the workshop.
In 2011, Ms. Hendrickson co-founded and began her tenure as Artistic Director of Jersey City Children's Theater, bringing the teachings of Neva Boyd, Viola Spolin and Paul Sills to the youth of Jersey City, in the forms of both education/outreach and Story Theater Performance. In 2012 alone, JCCT served over 3000 youth ages 3-17.
Ms. Hendrickson is an expert in the fields of actor training, both for youth and adults with over 20 years classroom experience and logging in over 10,000 teaching hours. At The New Actors Workshop, she has worked for many years alongside Mike Nichols as a fellow instructor of scene study, and has collaborated and designed curriculum with George Morrison for nearly 15 years. In addition to her work at New Actors Workshop, she has been a guest artist/educator at Dartmouth College, Antioch University, Stella Adler School of Acting, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as the Metodi Festival in Tuscany Italy, KHIO (National Conservatory) in Oslo, Norway, Artcenicas in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and SPOLIN-IST in Istanbul, Turkey.
She has coordinated master classes with Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci, Edward Albee, Edie Falco, Andre Gregory, and Brian Bedford.
From 2000-2002 Ms. Hendrickson worked for Nichols' production company, Icarus Productions, where she assisted him during W;t (starring Emma Thompson, Harold Pinter, Aileen Atkins) for HBO films, The Seagull (starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Philip Hoffman, Natalie Portman), for the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, andAngels in America (starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Jeffrey Wright, Mary Louise Parker), also for HBO films.
As an actor she has appeared in over 100 stage productions, films, and commercials and continues to direct both regionally and in New York City. She is a graduate of The College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, and holds a M.A. in playwriting. www.kathyhendrickson.net
Don't miss our Theater Alum Residency with Irma Mayorga and Kathy Hendrickson
- In Residency: March 20-22, 2014
Irma Mayorga is a scholar/artist in theater and was most recently an Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Florida State University's School of Theatre where she also serves as Co-Director of the B.A. program in Theatre. She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design (UW-Madison) and a Joint Ph.D. in Drama and the Humanities from Stanford University. From Stanford, she also holds the distinction of attaining the first Ph.D. by a Latina/o in the Drama Department's history. An award winning playwright, her work has been developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference. Her research interests include contemporary theater and performance by people of color, women's theatre and performance, Chicana and Chicano expressive culture, and, more broadly, U.S. Latina/o identity and representation. In 2011 the University of Texas Press will publish a second edition of her play The Panza Monologues. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled: Chicana Stages: Performance, Theatricality, Chicana Expressive Culture.
Theater Discovery Day
Special theater workshops with our friends at Discovery Elementary School in partnership with the Education Department.
- September 17, 2013
Theater Production Talkback Schedule
All students involved with each production are required to attend.
Time: 4:30 pm in the BAC Studio Theater
- Bad Seed: October 28, 2013
- Good Woman of Szechuan: November 25, 2013
- Story Theater: February 26, 2014
- Persuasion: April 15, 2014
One Act Play Festival 2014
Produced by students enrolled in Theater's Directing class
- May 1-3, 7:30 pm in the BAC Colman Theater